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Cops: Man recruited pregnant teen daughter to help with murder

Cops: Man recruited pregnant teen daughter to help with murder
SHELTON, Wash. -- Sheriff's deputies say a woman shot dead when she opened the door of her home last week was killed by two teenagers in a plot orchestrated by her ex-boyfriend.

Mason County Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said all three people suspected in the murder of 30-year-old Barbara Giles were arrested Thursday afternoon.

Byrd said text messages sent between Giles' ex-boyfriend and his pregnant daughter helped crack the case.

"Those messages suggested that they were plotting this murder as early as November 15," he said.

Investigators said 37-year-old Anthony Miller had a child with Giles before the couple broke up, and he apparently wanted Giles dead as a result of their falling out and an ongoing custody dispute.

Giles was shot multiple times in the early hours of November 21 when she opened her front door.


Barbara Giles
Byrd said Miller's 16-year-old daughter, Asaria Miller, and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Jimmie Hartfield, were the ones who knocked on the door and killed Giles.

Miller allegedly planned the killing and provided the the gun used in the shooting.

"This is a really horrific case. Our victim here is a mother of four children," Byrd said.

The murder has left the victim's friends and family shaken.

"Barbie had four beautiful children. He took their mother away so early for no reason at all," said family member Marcus Kennedy.

Miller and his daughter allegedly sent coded text messages to each other as they plotted in the days leading up to the murder.

"There was some fairly detailed planning about where it was going to happen, when it was going to happen, how it was going to happen," said Mason County Prosecutor Mike Dorcy.

Byrd said it was not hard for detectives to figure out what the codes really meant, and their investigation confirmed the messages were related to the killing.

Byrd said investigators are confident they have everyone involved in custody, but "there's a lot of investigation that remains to be done."

All three suspects are being held on $1.5 million bail.

Asaria Miller is four months pregnant and is being held at the Mason County Juvenile Detention center, Byrd said.
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